Mere hours before the opening show of Italy’s Sanremo 2021, RAI has announced that Irama’s performance will be postponed for one night. A member of the singer’s team has tested positive for COVID-19, meaning Irama also had to be tested for the virus. While he waits for his results to come back, Noemi will take his place on Tuesday night.
Irama’s performance postponed as he awaits COVID test results
RAI’s statement explains that one of Irama’s team tested positive in a swab test. As a result, Irama also had to undergo a test. Pending his results, his performance which was scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed until Wednesday. Noemi, who was due to perform on the second evening, will take his place tonight. The broadcaster has not commented on what will happen if Irama’s test comes back positive.
Different precedents have been set in different countries. In Albania, Manjola Nallbani was forced to withdraw from Festival i Kenges after contracting COVID-19. However, Sweden’s Melodifestivalen allows rehearsal footage to be used if an artist tests positive.
Sanremo 2021: First evening running order
RAI has also released details of the running order for the first evening.
- Colapesce Dimartino
- Francesca Michelin e Fedez
- Max Gazzé e la Trifluoperazina
- Irama (swapped with Noemi)
- Francesco Renga
The evening will begin with the first half of the Newcomers’ section. The running order is:
- Elena Faggi
Multiple musical guests will appear throughout the evening, including the 2020 winner Diodato?